tv Larry King Live CNN July 4, 2010 12:00am-1:00am EDT
probably sing "never can say good-bye." >> can you sing a little bit, please. ♪ never can say good-bye no no no no i can never say good-bye ♪ ♪ because i won't never can say good-bye ♪ ♪ no no no no no never can say good-bye ♪ >> larry: tonight, he's here on late notice. but he's here. with all the news of the day and more. he's bill maher and he's next on "larry king live." >> larry: good evening. before i start the show tonight,
i want to share some personal news with you. 25 years ago i sat across this table from new york governor mario cuomo for the first broadcast ever of "larry king live." and now decades later, i talked to the guys here at cnn and i told them i'd like to end "larry king live," the nightly show, this fall, and cnn has graciously agreed to it giving me more time for my wife and i to get to the kids' little league games. i'll still be a part of the cnn family hosting several "larry king" specials on major national and international subjects, and we'll be here for a lot of time until a replacement is found. we'll be here into the fall. tomorrow night, in fact, elizabeth edwards will be our special guest. i'm incredibly proud that we recently made "the guinness book of world records" for having the longest running show with the same host in the same timeslot on the same network. with that chapter closing, i'm looking forward to the future,
what my next chapter will bring. for now, for here, it's time to hang up the nightly suspenders. until then, we have more shows to do, and who knows what the future is going to bring? bill maher is the emmy nominated host of "real time with bill maher" on hbo, a stand-up comic, best-selling author. we called him today in view of this announcement tonight and asked him if he'd come as an old friend. bill will be performing at the orleans showroom on the 17th and 18th in july and at the ameristar casino in kansas city on july 30th. thank you, bill. >> i'm honored you would ask me to take over the desk. thank you so much. i'm ready to step in at a moment's notice. >> larry: so you're making an announcement tonight, too? >> do you want to finish the hour or would you like me to take over right now, larry? >> larry: well, this was tough, bill. it was time. i was ready to do it. the cnn folks agreed to it. we sat down.
i'm going to do specials and have more time with the family and i want to expand, do other things i haven't been able to do. >> i am reminded of my father, who was a broadcaster, the day mickey mantle retired. say it isn't so, he began the broadcast. >> larry: do you put knee that class? >> mickey mantle? you are the mickey mantle of broadcasters. mickey mantle played 18 seasons. you played more than that. so i know some people out there will say it may be inappropriate to say too soon for a man who is in his 70s but it is too soon. i hope you're doing this of your own volition and not because of what the media says. >> larry: that had nothing to do with it. there was no pressure from cnn. i don't pay attention to that. i love what i do. but it was time, bill. it was time. it was time. >> as long as it's coming from you and not dictated by "the new york times" or anybody else. >> larry: not at all. i did the 25th anniversary week. we had lady gaga. we had bill gates.
we had president obama and lebron james. i'm flying home from that week and i'm thinking to myself, i've done 50,000 interviews. i'm never going to top this. i want to go on. i want new horizons. i want to try other things. i'd like to stay somewhere with cnn. this whole thing was put together in four or five days. and i'm here ready to carry on. i'll be on tomorrow night. >> i did hear people say, you know, larry didn't really understand lady gaga. who understands lady gaga? please? >> larry: i liked her. >> i was thinking, who else gets lady gaga on their show? i never saw lady gaga anywhere else. >> larry: we got you a lot. >> i saw her wearing an aquarium on her head. i never saw her speak to another human being. i had no idea what she was like before she talked to you. >> larry: this is a mixed emotional night. i have a staff, i want to see them all may tan their job. more time with the wife.
more time with the kids. more time to spend and more time to do other things. in other words, i can do things now i wasn't able to do before. it's nice there's a freedom. everyone is talking at me. remember that song, bill? >> we were just singing it, larry. >> larry: echoes in my mind. >> i think i speak for a lot of people in america who say i will miss you terribly at this hour. i mean, there's nobody who does what you do because you, you know, had a style, a minimalist style that is gone from television, and you are taking it with you, larry. >> larry: well, i'll bring it to the specials. >> when they called me today, i said i've been on vacation for the last two weeks. my show is down. i haven't read the paper. i'm not prepared. larry's style, he wasn't over prepared because he wanted to be in the mind of the viewer who needed enlightenment. i said if larry is not prepared and i'm not prepared, that's just two schmucks sitting around staring at each other. >> larry: bill used to come on my nighttime radio show. those were the days back in
arlington, virginia, boy. we go back a long, long way. i'll be here for quite a while yet and then i'll be free, doing great specials we'll be telling the public about. >> good. >> larry: and with this great staff, too. >> i'm glad you're not being fired for your comments about 9/11. oh, no, that was me. >> larry: wrong host. okay. let's get into the news of the day, which you never leave. petraeus. petraeus is, what, the new eisenhower, right? >> well, he has that kind of reputation, yeah. he's a very impressive guy. so is mcchrystal, by the way. you know, i mean, i know that his comment i guess in "rolling stone" were inappropriate or whatever. look, i'm not a fan of our policy in afghanistan. it just kind of bothered me that a guy like mcchrystal who literally does more before 9:00 than i do all day, when they say that slogan, that actually pertains to me.
he probably does more before 9:00 a.m. than i do all month. maybe he doesn't have time to follow as we do what goes on in the culture, in the civilian culture, that when you talk to a reporter -- and what i read was part of the reason they got so much access was because of the volcano and they were stuck in the airport and they couldn't leave so they had nothing to do but talk to each other for a week. >> larry: well, he knew a reporter was there. >> okay, but here is a guy, i don't agree with the policy but that's not his job, he's a soldier, he's doing incredible things before 9:00 a.m. and he has to leave that job because of really some bitchy, gossipy, tmz-level "us magazine" bs. it bothers me. >> larry: he and the president agree. the policy you disagree on, he and the president agree on.
>> and everybody off the record talks about everybody else. >> larry: that's not news. just don't do it in front of the "rolling stone" guy. >> right. when we get off the air, we'll probably gossip. >> larry: yeah. >> but there's not a reporter around. and you're already leaving. >> larry: and we'll take a break on that note. with bill maher, lots more to talk about. why he thinks afghanistan is wrong. after this.
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as we come back from break, here is our control room in los angeles. there are the folks who get me on the air every night. >> larry: and i am indebted to them. always will be. okay. what do you see our job in afghanistan as being? >> that could have been any control room, let's be honest. it could have been "american idol." they all look the same. i'm sorry, the question, afghanistan, what about it? i don't think we should be there. there, i said it. >> larry: but, okay, obama said in the campaign he favored it. >> this is part of the problem that i keep saying. i've said it probably many times
on your show is that it's funny. people talk a lot about how polarized this country is. no, actually the problem is the opposite. we're not polarized, we're homogenized. we have two parties but one policy. we don't have enough difference between the two parties. >> larry: we have a fight over health care. we're fighting over the supreme court nominee. we'll get to that. >> both parties were for drilling, oil drilling, right? obama came out for that. both parties don't fight gun control, don't fight for gun control. i could name a number of issues. and on afghanistan both parties believe that terrorism has a solution from our military. we don't have a party who stands up for the other point of view -- >> larry: which is? >> i would think at this point they would be saying to themselves, are we creating more terrorists than we are killing, that we just had the times square bomber for, what's his name?
faisal? the guy who locked himself out of his car bomb. i mean, al qaeda is not exactly playing the a-team here. remember the christmas day bomber? couldn't blow up his pants. this guy couldn't make gasoline explode. you know, yeah, let's spend a trillion dollars and two-thirds of our military fighting these people. i don't understand that view of it. i think john kerry said well in the 2004 election when he ran on this idea that terrorism is best fought with law enforcement, with the spy agencies. that's how you fight it. you don't fight it with an army. it's been very disappointing that this president -- >> larry: why do you think he does support it so much? >> because i think he can't lose the right wing that much because i think he feels like he's pulling out of iraq and the democrats are already seen as the party that's soft on war, soft on the macho stuff, so he
has to have some war going. he can't just pull out. i think it's kind of cynical to say, okay, we're going to double down on this but we're pulling out in a year because these people over there in afghanistan, if they've outlasted invaders for hundreds of years, thousands of years, they kicked alexander the great's ass out of there. they defeated the british. you think the idea we're staying there just one more year is instilling fear in them? >> larry: russia's biggest mistake to ever get involved. >> of course. >> larry: fight in rocks, in caves. >> a great line the other day, the people who stormed the beaches at normandy weren't trying to win anybody's hearts and minds. either we're in it to win it or we're not. >> larry: it's longer than vietnam now. where does it go, do you think? what does happen? >> we've already said what happens. we're pulling out in a year.
so what is the point of the people who are going to die between now and a year later? that's, i think, the question. that's sort of the john kerry question. how do you ask the man to be the last man to die for a mistake? >> larry: was the president right to fire mcchrystal? >> as i said, you know, i think here is a guy who is trying his hardest to implement the policy that may not be his. i hate to see a guy taken down for gossip. i think the way to fight this is not the way they're doing it. i look at all these terrorists that we have -- these terrorist plots we've stopped in recent years. they're kind of home grown. obama's policy is really not that different than bush's policy. bush used to say we're fighting them over here, fighting them over here. okay, red neck idiot. really, obama is just the tanner of two evils. it's the same policy. he may enunciate it better but it's the same thing.
but memo to you guys, they're already here. you don't have to fight them over there. they're here. the times square bomber. he was an accountant who lived in -- >> larry: you think something else big is going to happen? >> i'm just saying they're already here and they're incited to violence. >> larry: are you giving up? how do you defeat terrorism? >> you don't ever defeat it. that's part of the problems that we couch it in terms of it's a war. we think a war has an end. it doesn't have an end any more than a police problem has an end. murder doesn't ever end. robbery doesn't ever end. you just contain it and fight it as best you can. >> larry: there's no victory day. >> once, you know, you listen to what these terrorists who have tried to attack us said, they're pissed off that we're in afghanistan, that we're in iraq, that israel -- it's american foreign policy. we've let -- i mean, to make an analogy to the oil, which is the only thing i can ever think of these days, the terrorist genie is out of the bottle. the oil is gushing already. now the problem is how do we stop it from getting to the
shore? how do we stop the terrorists from launching their attacks because they're trying to. luckily they're idiots. >> larry: luckily. they can't all be idiots. >> that's right. >> larry: we'll talk about the supreme court nominee and get supreme court nominee and get bill's don't go away. or anything in th. without blueprint from chase. create a plan to pay off large purchases... and save money on interest. does your credit card have blueprint? design your plan at 866 blueprint.
>> larry: by the way, you have until july 7th to bid on some great auction items. proceeds will help people and wildlife in the gulf. drew brees, bret michaels, "american idol" and others have donated terrific stuff. go to cnn.com/larryking and click on the charity buzz auction link. bill maher, our special guest is our special guest. okay, the confirmation hearings. last night the panel said baloney.
they go through the motions and they make speeches. she is going to be confirmed. do you share that view? >> yeah, i think she will. it's especially baloney with this nominee because she's such a blank slate. it's not like she has a long history of controversial decisions. >> larry: she had the support of president, was solicitor general. >> compared to other nominees in the past who had something to go off of, i mean, how could anyone be against this person? she's completely qualified and she's done nothing controversial. it just shows that we are in a state, and i guess i'm kind of contradicting myself here, where there is a level of partisanship that is just ridiculous. whatever the blue team does, the red team will be against. >> larry: so a conservative nominated, the blue team is mad. it's all the same. >> this was started by the democrats, by the way. before they opposed i think it was bork.
that was like the first one where -- before that supreme court nominees, it was like, hey, the president, he won the election, it's his. but you see it like in the bp thing. the bp is in my head. when that republican congressman, is it barton? came out defending bp, i was like, this is astounding. it just shows they are so insane about barack obama, whatever he is for, they will be against even if it matters -- if it means their own political destruction. who would defend bp? if obama came out tomorrow and said, i have the cure for cancer, i swear they would call a press conference and say, hold on, we're not sure this is the right thing to do. we get a lot of money from the cancer people and we're not sure -- this could affect jobs. it could affect growth. what about the people who cure cancer? what about the people who operate on people who have cancer? they would find some argument to
be pro-cancer. >> larry: if she is confirmed all nine supreme court justices will be grad watts of ivy league law schools. any concern over that? they're all supposedly brilliant. >> they should all be from pace college? you know -- >> larry: maybe we should. >> that doesn't bother me. we want people from our elite institutions of higher learning. i know elite is a bad word in america, but i happen to like elite people who are elite in their fields. if i have heart trouble, i want an elite doctor. >> larry: there you go. >> what worries me, of course, is that there are now, as always have been in the past, no atheists on the court. >> larry: no protestants, no buddhists, no agnostics. they will be catholic or jewish. >> it doesn't really matter to
me them being catholic, jew, protestant. they're all believers. when the separation of church and state comes up, the issue is slightly loaded for them. >> larry: most of the country are believers. >> so what. 15% is not. >> larry: you're calling for an atheist on the court? >> a rationalist. let's call them that. someone who doesn't believe in magic. >> larry: tom paine type. >> when glenn beck dresses up as tom paine -- he has obviously never read tom paine before. >> larry: i don't think tom paine would agree with glenn beck. >> not a bit. they thought the founding fathers were elitists, they were intellectuals. they were everything the tea baggers were not. they wouldn't have lunch with glenn beck. >> larry: we'll try to draw bill out again the next segment. every time.
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>> larry: by the way, we're getting a lot of great messages on twitter. i thank you for your great words. you'll see some of them on the screen. i don't want to toot my own horn. >> it's tweet. you don't want to tweet your own horn. >> larry: is that the term? >> i just checked my tweet, larry, and they are asking me to
ask you some questions. >> larry: what is that? >> they're saying this is your night. we were just talking in the break there about your love of -- i had no idea -- i knew you loved sports but tell them what you just told me about why it's great to get up in the morning. >> larry: if you're not a sports fan, most of your day is predictable. most of your day. but to the sports fan, if you're a baseball fan, when i got up this morning, my god, 14 games and ucla is playing -- >> it's predictable. >> larry: no, it's not. who is going to win? >> 50 guys got on a grass field and did something boring. that's predictable to me. >> larry: it's not boring. >> i had a writer who once said if baseball was any slower it would be farming. >> larry: baseball is athletic chess. no one has ever hit .500. it's the most difficult to play. when you're into baseball, those pauses are part of it.
>> i can't imagine you being happy -- when it's a diversion from the work, then it's great. but without the steady thing, i know you, larry, you're a creature of routine. you have breakfast at the same place every day. you get up, you come here. i mean, without that -- >> larry: i have to get other things to do. i need diversity. >> what's the first thing you want to do? i mean professionally. >> larry: i'll see what comes along. i don't know. now i can do anything i want. i like making speeches. i like doing comedy. you saw me do comedy. >> you're very funny. >> larry: i like to make people laugh. >> you're not going to be standing in the gulf with hip waders like anderson cooper? you're not fg to be scrubbing off an egret. >> larry: i might do a special like you do. i would do one. that would be terrific to do that. >> i'll see what i can do. >> larry: i would do it. let's get to day 70 of the oil disaster. >> is that what it is, 70? >> larry: 70. >> good lord. >> larry: what do you make of this? >> i was at a bp station today and when i finished filling my
tank, i left the pump running, and i think everyone should do that until this ends. and you fill up, leave the pump running. >> larry: that's your call. >> it's poetic justice, larry. honestly, i have never been as depressed about a story. i haven't been at this quite as long as you. i've had a television show for 18 years and i've covered a lot of stories. yes, i'm an animal lover and i'm an earth lover. i know a lot of people like senator inhofe think the earth is a hoax but i happen to think it's real and i'd like to keep it. it just depresses the hell out of me. i think what depresses me more than anything else is as of yet it doesn't look like even with this level of catastrophe it's changing anybody's behavior. they're still calling for more drilling. people like senator david vitter of louisiana said if the president stops drilling this could potentially be devastating for louisiana. >> larry: it could, couldn't it?
>> as opposed to what it is which is actually devastating to louisiana. are you kidding? what has to happen before people change? >> larry: a nation that gobbles up oil. >> but we should stop. we started -- >> larry: are people going to stop driving? >> no. i have an electric car. i'm getting a tesla. i've been driving hybrids for years. we could change. if we had started to change when we should have in the '70s we'd all be driving electric cars. >> larry: now bp didn't do this deliberately. >> of course not. >> larry: this is a major accident. so would you stop airplane flying if a plane crashed? >> no. well, first of all they should have had a contingency plan if it did happen. you can't excuse them for that, can you? >> larry: no. >> they should have spent as much money -- >> larry: but you can criticize the president on the moratorium, because something happens one place, you should stop it everywhere? >> we shouldn't be drilling offshore at all and certainly the president i voted for shouldn't be for that. i mean, even before the well
gushed i thought that was a horrible decision he made. >> larry: when he increased it? >> when he said, you know what, we should be drilling. again, where is the other party? where is the person who represents me and the millions of people like me? if he's for drilling and he's for afghanistan, where do i go? i don't have a tea party on the left. >> larry: you were surprised that he wasn't angry -- when i interviewed he said he was very angry, a little later in the game. but what do you want him to do jump up and down? >> no, i'm not one of those people who complains he's not being emotional about it. i don't want to see him cradling an egrit going, why? why? you know, that's silly. i know people, they don't want the law professor. they want mr. t. they want him -- i pity the fool -- soil this beach. no, i like it that he's calm. that's a good thing. i can't fault him terribly on how he handled this.
the fact he came out for drilling before this, you do have to look at the big picture. the environment as an issue consistently ranks dead last in polls when they ask the american people what's important to you. how old are your kids? >> 11 and 10. >> what do you think the world is going to be like in 30 years when they're only middle aged? they're a part of the cleanup committee. >> larry: phillip wylie wrote "generation of vipers." he invented the term "momism." i had the honor of interviewing him. he said when you talk to man about generations not yet born, don't mean a thing. >> except those generations are born. they say in 50 years there will be no fish in the ocean. that we'll be fished out. i don't know if you saw a magazine, a times magazine story.
the end of the bluefin tuna. we were talking about this on the show i was telling you about i'm producing, this science pilot, it's in mankind's nature not to change to forestall disaster but just to let it happen and then adopt. i think that's what people are doing. >> larry: we're reactive. >> in 50 years if there's no fish and we've killed all the animals, the only thing left are cockroaches and jellyfish and people will eat them. yeah, it's not really as good as the hamburgers and chicken i used to have and the tuna was delicious but bring it on. i'll have the jellyfish and the cockroach and we shot it up with msg and now i'm eating it. it's how people adapt in prison. somehow -- if i went to prison, i'd kill myself, but people don't. they're like, well, i'm not homosexual but i'm here. i'm queer now. let's get used to it. >> larry: for someone not prepared tonight you're on a roll.
our guest is bill maher. jerry weintraub is here friday night. we pretaped this. jerry. it's a riot. he has a great book out. and this is can -- what stories. weintraub friday night. and the whaling guys. you're going to like them thursday. and they stopped the people who kill whales. >> oh, i do like them. >> larry: "the whale wars." they stop the japanese from killing wh and we'll be right back with bill maher. on an all new cadillac srx luxury collection crossover. with a bose premium sound system and an ultraview sunroof... designed to let more summertime in. summer brings out the best in all of us, so now's the perfect time to get behind the wheel of a new cadillac. hurry in for great lease or purchase offers on an all new srx during cadillac's "summer's best" sales event, going on now at your cadillac dealer. ♪
>> larry: they're our sister network. before we get to the ruling of the court on gun control, your reaction to the new "vanity fair"/60 minutes poll, 24% of americans don't believe obama was born in the united states. 24%. >> well, i've read higher but that number resonates with me because i've seen that statistic other times before. 24% is also the number i saw of people who think jesus will return in their lifetime. in their lifetime. before they cancel "gossip girl" jesus will come back which i think is very egotistical. he's going to want to come back while i'm around. >> larry: just for me. >> yeah, just for me. it's also the number 24% that i saw in a poll recently about obama who said he might be the antichrist. might be. so i think that 24%, i think one out of four americans is just a
total nut case, larry. i think no hope for these people. but when you look at some of these numbers, especially within the republican party like i think 67% in the poll i saw recently of republicans think he's a socialist. even though his top tax rate is 51 points below what eisenhower's was, eisenhower, that commie, something like -- >> larry: john birch thought he was an agent of the communist party. >> but see, there's the interesting thing. you mentioned john birchers. very far right. but back in the day they got thrown out of the party. william f. buckley said john birchers, we don't have a place for them in the republican party. now it's the reverse. it's the -- now it's the tea baggers who take over the republican party and if you don't agree with the tea baggers and the rush limbaughs of the
world, you get purged. for a party that talks a lot about how the opposition resembles fascists they do a lot of purging. i would think he and sarah palin would be the leaders of the tea bagger party. rush said about the spill, the oil spill, the ocean will take care of this. >> larry: no, you're kidding. >> he did. that's what he said. he think it's natural. oil is natural. yeah, so is mercury. you don't put it on your cheerios. >> larry: okay. what about the ruling of the court the other day throwing out the chicago law about guns? you can have a gun in chicago. >> well, i mean, again, the republican party sometimes it seems they do nothing but think of new places where you can have a gun -- churches, bars, and arizona -- arizona -- my favorite state. should rename itself whiteyville.
arizona, you know, guns in a bar, i can't even begin to formulate a comedic routine. it's too easy. >> larry: the second amendment, the right to bear -- >> it talks about militias. it doesn't say anything about individuals. we lost that battle a long time ago. and ever since al gore, they say, lost the 2000 election because of his stance on gun control, lost his home state of tennessee, no democrat has had the guts to come out -- again, another issue, larry, where we do not have two policies. we have two parties and one policy. we love guns. we can't get enough. >> larry: the question is why do we love guns? >> yes. having said that, i have a gun and i'm not going to give up my gun. >> larry: why do we seem to love them? >> there are too many other nuts out there with guns, larry. that's the thing. that's very understandable. it's sort of a case of no going back. we're such a gun culture and so many people already have guns
that you don't want to be in your home if somebody breaks in and they have guns. >> larry: i interviewed an inspector from scotland yard once and he couldn't believe that anyone could have a gun. it was beyond his sense of belief. >> england, which used to be completely a nongun culture, is becoming more americanized in every way. >> larry: people feel the need -- this guy in chicago who is a street guy did stuff obama used to do. he raised interesting, varied subjects. he wanted a gun because he lives in a neighborhood where he's scared. that's the case that won. >> i can see it in the house. this idea that you can take it in public, this seems insane to me that we should have it wherever we go because in case there's a criminal who has a gun and he starts firing, you want to have a gun to protect yourself or maybe your children because what protects children better than crossfire. remember "crossfire"? >> larry: are you talking the show? >> yes.
>> larry: do you miss "crossfire"? >> no, but i miss you already. >> larry: first of all, i'll be here for a while. >> how long? >> larry: well, maximum november. but then i'll be doing specials. you'll see me in other places. remember, i'm free. >> who do you want to sit there after you go if you had your druthers? >> larry: i can't be objective. >> i have a job. >> larry: i can't be objective. i can't be objective because i don't know his feelings, his interest in politics, but ryan seacrest is on his way to paris. >> i like ryan. >> larry: he's curious, he's interesting, he's likeable. >> but i never knew -- maybe he is interested in politics. >> larry: see, that i don't know. >> isn't that a key part of the job? >> larry: that's what i mean. if he has a great interest in politics, i would recommend him. but i'm sure there's a ton of people who could do it. come on, it's q & a. >> it's deceptively easy.
if i may make another baseball analogy, joe dimaggio made it look easy, but it's not easy. that's the trick. >> larry: we'll be right back with bill maher. [ male announcer ] when we built our first hybrid, youtube didn't exist. and facebook was still run out of a dorm room. when we built our first hybrid, more people had landlines than cell phones, and gas was $1.75 a gallon. and now, while other luxury carmakers are building their first hybrids, lexus hybrids have traveled 5.5 billion miles. and that's quite a head start. ♪
you didn't call me and ask my permission. >> larry: that's the way she was. had she been in office, i wouldn't be allowed to do this. nancy said, bang, and you don't do it. you check with nancy, don't you? >> i asked her to read the charts. >> larry: nancy, you're awfully sweet. maybe the most beloved lady in america, nancy reagan. >>. >> caller: you haven't planned anything else, have you? larry: no, i haven't planned but i'm looking forward. i feel open to so many things. >> life will be better. >> well, good. >> as long as it's better that's fine. >> you are a doll. >> i will miss you. >> larry: i'll miss you, too.
i will see you nancy. >> yes you will. >> thanks, yancy. >> i think this country is so youth oriented and we forget that people over 30 have lives and can continue to have lives. you don't get stucco over >> larry: speaking of older, you know who is on the phone? regis philbin. >> caller: larry, you know, i'm totally surprised by this. for some reason, i feel very badly about it. there's always been a larry king. i can't believe that we're not going see you on during the week at night in the fall. >> larry: it will be sometime in the fall. i will be doing specials. i will pop up. when are you going leave the daily grind? >> caller: i feel like leaving the same time you to at this point.
i think bill is totally responsible for this. >> larry: in what way? >> just by being there. he's cast a spell out. >> i would do anything to keep larry in the chair. >> caller: so would i. larry has always been with us. i will miss you terribly. larry, frankly you are one of a kind. i miss you, i miss your suspenders and your voice and everything. >> larry: i'm not going away! >> caller: okay. that's what i want to hear. that's why i called. i want to make sure you are not going away. >> good night. >> that was not regis. that was an impressionist. he did a fantastic impression? >> larry: frank? >> i don't know who the impressionists are. rich little. >> larry: did you see the guy at the mirage in vegas? >> what guy? >> larry: what's his name?
>> fred? >> larry: no. the impressionist. the ventriloquist. >> edgar? >> i will think of his name. >> is anyone in the age of the internet and iphones still doing ventriloquism? >> larry: the guy at the mirage in vegas. have you seen terry? he has a ten-year contract at $10 million from the mirage. i saw him once at this cancer event. and jay leno was the come mickey and jay brought him on. he appears in the room. he is the greatest ever. he has 132 puppets. >> like saying he is the tallest midget. >> larry: he does three voices at once. >> i will go, larry. >> go see it.
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>> she'll be our shirley maclane in our rat pack. >> nancy and i will be up until dawn with you, two. >> larry: bring mr. nickels. >> i want to say what a monument of vitality you have built for all of us. i cannot wait to hear your specials because everybody in the world wants to talk to you. to see you do them in a concentrated way when you choose to do them will be a thrill. >> larry: thank you. when we do the last week of larry king live, we hope you will come on as one of the guests that week. >> caller: i will definitely be there. put me down in ink. >> larry: congratulations on the anchoring. that's a great gig for you. >> thank you. and again we love and honor you. >> thank you. nice lady. >> she is smart, credible, easy on the eyes.
like you, larry. >> larry: we have about a minute left. >> probably a minute too much. >> larry: do you want to give me a forecast on the elections? >> you know what? >> larry: how many republicans pick up how many house seats? >> i don't know. it looks tough for obama right now. he probably did stave off a depression. the economy was heading over a cliff. he got health character which no president has been able to accomplish. all have tried in the last 60 years. we got this financial reform package. none of it is perfect. but politics is the art of the possible. i climb on his ass every time i can because that's my job to keep him honest and push him more to the left. but it's a pretty successful first term. it's only half over. and i think they can run on that. t